Origin of catastrophe
Synonyms for catastrophe
Antonyms for catastrophe
Examples from the Web for catastrophical
Historical Examples of catastrophical
At seventeen such things are not embarrassing; they are catastrophical.Seventeen
Word Origin for catastrophe
1530s, "reversal of what is expected" (especially a fatal turning point in a drama), from Latin catastropha, from Greek katastrophe "an overturning; a sudden end," from katastrephein "to overturn, turn down, trample on; to come to an end," from kata "down" (see cata-) + strephein "turn" (see strophe). Extension to "sudden disaster" is first recorded 1748.